Liverpool chief Ayre admits Dalglish unhappy with sacking

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre paid tribute to Kenny Dalglish following his dismissal yesterday.

The Reds parted company with the club for the second time after a 16-month spell in the Anfield hot-seat but Ayre insists that Dalglish has left the club in a better position than when he arrived.

"When Kenny was offered the role on a caretaker basis back in January last year, the club was at a particularly low point," Ayre told liverpoolfc.tv. "We'd just come out of a period of great turmoil with the previous ownership and on the pitch, things just weren't working. Kenny came in after being asked to take on the role by the owners and he immediately unified the club - from the supporters to the staff to the players. He helped piece the club back together and for that, everyone at Liverpool Football Club will be eternally grateful.

"The football club is now in a much healthier shape than it was last January off the pitch. The owners have removed the debt and everything is now being put in place to compete commercially and financially with our main rivals. The only missing piece of the jigsaw - the most important piece of the jigsaw - is football and success in the Premier League."

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